KFE 4 Skills Live encourages students from colleges across Kent to show the skills they have learned at college and to take part in industry-relevant competitions.
The painting and decorating heats involve two challenges for the students. The first task was painting a wall using geometric shapes. The second task was wallpapering around light switches and cutting out quadrants. The students had five hours to complete both tasks, which were scored on points such as accuracy and quality of finish.
The competitors were Jack and Jade from Broadstairs and Ayesha and Danielle from Folkestone. Danielle said, “I feel the day went well and it was really nice to do something different and to look forward to.”
Nik Wilson, Head of Built Environment at Broadstairs College, said, “Both Jade and Jack have shown consistent high performance in their practical and theory lessons and are great ambassadors for the department.”
Bruce Kerney, Painting and Decorating lecturer from Folkestone College, said: “Ayesha and Danielle are great students, and we felt they would both enjoy the extra challenge these competitions offer.”
Level 3 student Ayesha, from Folkestone College, was the overall winner of the day and has earned herself a place in the KFE 4 Skills final, held at Canterbury College on 6 March. Jade, from Broadstairs College, will join Ayesha in the next round after achieving a very close second place.
Nik Wilson added, “As a College, it is our aim to prepare our students for the workplace. Competitions such as this help students to develop their skills and gain confidence. We’re delighted that Jade has made it through to the finals; she has shown great talent and is a credit to the College.”